By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
The Tupelo Airport Authority unanimously approved a change order request of $267,108.60 for Century Construction of Tupelo.
Century, which submitted the winning bid to extend the airport’s runway by 650 feet, said the change order was necessary because of added material, fuel and labor costs associated with unforseen delays in the project.
The full amount of the change order is a cap; the expenses could actually be lower.
Colin Maloney, the president of Century Construction, said the area his company was going to get dirt was no longer available, and he had to use an alternate source that was farther away.
The change in the “borrow pit” cost an additional $244,239.60, while the cost of crushed limestone increased $1.21 per ton.
Century won the original contract with a bid of $5,203,760.45, roughtly $746,000 less than the next-lowest bid. Even with the change order, Centruy’s bid is $478,908.55 lower.
Work should begin about mid-January and the project should take about 7 1/2 months to complete, officials said.